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Klown (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 5

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Two wildly inappropriate friends run amok through the Danish countryside plowing through endless awkward confrontations and unspeakable debaucheries. Hopelessly wrongheaded Frank "kidnaps" the 12-year-old nephew of his pregnant girlfriend in an eager attempt to prove his fatherhood potential to join sex-crazed Casper on his secret adulterous weekend canoe trip. From exclusive brothels, hospitalizations, armed robberies and even prison, the three paddle downstream from one chaotic misadventure to

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Casper Christensen

Sep 25, 2012

$68.6k

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A grim, desperately unfunny parade of dick jokes, masturbation jokes, dick jokes, paedophilia jokes, dick jokes, rape jokes, gay jokes and dick jokes

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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KLOWN is a one of the most comically aggressive films you will ever see.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Its deliberate aversion to good taste is the biggest gag of all, and the source of its claim to infamy; yet running beneath the grossness, and the calamitous bonhomie, is a quiet streak of despair.

August 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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It can seem sometimes that Hollywood has a monopoly on stupid, obnoxious comedy. Anyone who sees "Klown" will learn otherwise.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Think of all the gags you think might go too far, and then watch as Nørgaard takes them even further.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Ultra-raunchy, sometimes hilarious...

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Situational comedies need some believability to be effective, and too many gags in Klown feel like punchlines whose set-ups were engineered in reverse...

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

In its cheerfully offensive and bizarre way, Klown is often funny.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Aside from its standout scenes Klown is underpowered, content to coast on the easy chemistry between its leads.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Ultimately, Klown is just a comedy, and an excruciatingly funny one at that, even if at times it does veer into somewhat uncomfortable territory.

December 3, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

Denmark's charmless answer to The Hangover crosses the line between gross-out and just plain gross.

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A gleefully rude Danish wronging-of-age comedy.

December 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Each and every situation here is designed to make viewers squirm -- and, as a side effect, laugh out of shock and discomfort.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A raunchy shock comedy through and through, one in which nearly every major laugh involves, in one way or another, male genitalia. Or, in one case, an index finger.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

There are certainly laughs to be had here, but maybe Klown was more effective (and funnier) in thirty-minute doses on TV than dragged out to feature length.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Klown is another comedy that wrings most of its laughs from the premise that in the absence of a civilizing female presence males are apt to revert to despicable and idiotic behavior.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

[It's] ridiculously raunchy yet also remains relatively heartfelt.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

The degree of difficulty is very high with this uncomfortable comedy. I cringed with laughter throughout.

August 5, 2012 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Raunchy, awkward, over-the-top and fun.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Great Danes 'Klown' Around

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

It isn't art, it's will-o-the-wisp thin, but it might well make you squirt your soda through your nose.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Audience Reviews for Klown

Think of a Judd Apatow film. Now add some grit and gravitas and (more) lewdness, without stripping away any of the honest charm, and you'll get a film a lot like Klown.

At its core, it's the story of three men growing up - never mind that two of them are already in their forties. Our hero, Frank, is a bumbler whose girlfriend has all but given up on his fatherhood potential. Frank's friend Casper organizes an annual camping trip, which is largely a cover for the men to cheat on their wives, and in a misguided attempt to prove he can be a father after all, Frank kidnaps his girlfriend's twelve-year-old nephew the day before the trip, and has no choice but to take him along. It's a film with a lot of laughs and in the end a lot of charm, too - a little-known film from Denmark that punches above its weight and leaves a bigger impression. Great discovery!
January 29, 2013
danperry17

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Hilarious. Almost entirely unpleasant.
August 1, 2012
Kevin Cookman

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    1. Casper: She made pancakes!
    – Submitted by Robert P (2 years ago)
    1. Casper: I need women! It's my drug!
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Frank: I have loads of father potential!
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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